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Soundtracking 'Serial': The Musicians Behind the Podcast

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Composers Nick Thorburn and Mark Henry Phillips talk about crafting distinctive, suggestive sounds for the groundbreaking show. 


Pentatonix: A Holiday A Capella Miracle

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Acca-scuse me? This Texas-based vocal group put out a holiday album and it's number two on the Billboard album charts. Time to revisit this recent Soundcheck appearance. 


Will Album Covers Ever Be This Good Again?

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

The most mind-bending album covers of the '60s and '70s came to us courtesy of the design team Hipgnosis, rock stars of the design world. The firm's co-founder talks about its heyday.

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The Last Hours of Death By Audio

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

For many of those lucky enough to spend extended amounts of time at the DIY venue, it was one of the few places that felt genuinely inclusive, nestled in a fast-gentrifying neighborhood.


A Guide to All These Box Sets The Music Industry Keeps Churning Out

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The holidays are supposed to be a happy time, so let’s talk for the moment about the life preserver the record labels are currently clinging to: The box set.


Jeff Goldblum: The Podcast Version!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Download our conversation with the actor and jazz pianist, who stopped by our studio with his jazz band last week. 

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How To Be Smarter About... Kate Bush

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The English art-rocker has returned to the stage after 35 years and set a new U.K. charts record. Soundcheck's John Schaefer rounds up ten of Bush's must-hear songs.

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Ask John Schaefer Anything (About Music)

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Now is your chance to ask our famously brainy host anything. You can ask for tips, advice or information -- as long as its connected to the world of music.

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'Missed Connections' At Coachella: Dramatic Readings

Friday, April 18, 2014

Soundcheck brings some of Craigslist's best Coachella-related posts to life.


Nickel Creek on Nickelback

Thursday, April 03, 2014

It happens more often than you'd think. So John Schaefer had the bluegrass group listen to some Nickelback tunes and offer their thoughts.


Morrissey Book Club: The Exit-Interview Podcast

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Our staff comes to terms with reading (or attempting to read) Morrissey's Autobiography, with the help of Smiths biographer Tony Fletcher.

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'Missed Connections' At SXSW: Dramatic Readings

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Soundcheck brings some of Craigslist's SXSW-related posts to life.

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New York Public Library's Musical Summer Reads

Monday, July 01, 2013

All week, Soundcheck is featuring conversations with authors about music (and musicians about books) in our Writers Club. Staff members from the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, who compiled a list of their recommended musical reads -- from musician biographies to the history of baseball's biggest hit. 


Creed On Creed

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Soundcheck asks The Office's Creed to take a listen to Creed. This is his verdict.


Cantus: A Cappella Around the Tiny Desk

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The all-male choral group Cantus is an a cappella ensemble that started out at St. Olaf College in Minnesota. Since the group went pro 13 years ago, they've put out 15 albums, won numerous awards and been named Minnesota Public Radio's artists in residence. All nine members of Cantus recently sang at NPR Music in Washington D.C., as part of their Tiny Desk Concert series. 


The End of the World: Two Lists

Friday, December 21, 2012

In these end times (just in case the theories about 12-21-2012 turn out to actually be true) we're looking at why the apocalypse is such a big part of pop culture. Music host and reporter Gary Burton compiled two playlists for the show:

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Happy Halloween, From Soundcheck

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

You may have noticed that Soundcheck has been a little less active than normal this week, and that's because we've been unable to get to our offices both during and immediately after Hurricane Sandy. Fortunately, everyone on the Soundcheck team fared the storm pretty well, and at this point, we're all getting a little bit stir-crazy at home.

We decided to put together a playlist, and since today is October 31st -- well, it's a spooky one. So whether your Halloween plans are proceeding as normal -- or they've been scrapped due to the aftermath of the hurricane -- enjoy this creepy collection.

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'Have-A Banana': Your Calls On 'Hava Nagila'

Thursday, September 27, 2012

It turns out that our listeners had a lot to say -- and sing -- about "Hava Nagila." 


Vijay Iyer: Transforming Veterans' Dreams Into Music

Monday, September 17, 2012

The latest collaboration between pianist and composer Vijay Iyer and spoken word artist Mike Ladd delves deep into the psyche of modern-day veterans. "Holding It Down: The Veterans' Dreams Project" transforms dreams experienced by Iraq and Afghanistan veterans into poetry and music. 

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